The holder of six
honorary degrees, Bynum has served as president of the American
Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical
Association, and the Medieval Academy of America. Her many awards
and honors include a McArthur Fellowship from 1986 to 1991,
membership in the American Philosophical Society and the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the President’s Award for
Outstanding Teaching from Columbia in 1997.
Bynum served as dean
of the School of General Studies and associate vice-president of
Arts and Sciences in 1993–94. Before arriving at the
University of Washington, she held teaching posts in
Harvard’s history department and at the Harvard Divinity
School. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Bynum received
her doctorate from Harvard University in 1969.
In making the
appointment in October, the University Trustees increased the
number of University Professors from seven to eight.